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The Black Connect

EBONY’s Community Connect series is a virtual gathering for ongoing conversations on the many intersections of Black identity. Join us as we explore the most pressing topics in our community with industry thought-leaders and everyday people on a range of topics from mental health and wellness to modern parenting and social justice.

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The Black Connect: Heart of Dance

February 17, 2022

The Black Connect: Heart of Dance

This is our time, this is our moment, let’s dance and live life to the fullest with a healthy heart. Host Stephanie Johnson sits down with alumna of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Laurieann Gibson, Olivia Bowman-Jackson and Alicia Graf Mack. Don’t miss this must-see conversation with the ladies as we learn about their journeys and the power of dance!

Thank you to Release the Pressure, for bringing this conversation to you, our EBONY Family. Be sure to visit releasethepressure.org to take the RTP Heart Health Pledge as you continue on your health path.

Date/Time: FEBRUARY 17, 2022, | 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST

Panelists:
Stephanie Johnson – Host
Laurieann Gibson – Emmy-nominated Creative Director, Choreographer, Producer & Author
Olivia Bowman-Jackson – Ailey Extension Fitness Instructor and Former Ailey Dancer
Alicia Graf Mack – Dean & Director, Dance Division at The Juilliard School

Past Events

November 18, 2021

Community Connect: Cancer Screening

EBONY is proud to host a Community Connect sponsored by Novartis on November 18 for a discussion about work being done to increase cancer screening rates and access to care in the Black community. We’ll be joined by Reshema Kemps-Polanco, Executive Vice President and Head, US, Novartis Oncology, and guests from the American Cancer Society.

Date/Time: NOVEMBER 18, 2021, | 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST

Panelists:

Jeff Johnson – Host
Reshema Kemps-Polanco – Executive Vice President and Head, US, Novartis Oncology
Jamil Rivers – Metastatic Breast Cancer Thriver
Cheryl Dotson – Breast Cancer Survivor
Dr. Robert Winn – Director of VCU Massey Cancer Center

November 16, 2021

Community Connect: Release The Pressure

Help prepare your family for a fun-filled holiday & the steps we can take to make it a heart-healthy one! Tune in live 11/16 at 8 pm ET for this can’t miss the conversation with #ReleaseThePressure, @GirlTrek, @CoachGessie & @yandysmith.

September 30, 2021

Community Connect: Spotlighting Sickle Cell

Join us as we promote Sickle Cell Awareness Month for a town hall discussion about the disease and its serious impact on our community. The conversation will be led by Jeffrey Johnson, with panelists Carlos Boozer, Dr. Yasmin Tyler-Hill, Beverley Francis-Gibson and Audrey Boone Tillman.

June 17, 2021

Community Connect: Black Men + Fatherhood

EBONY presents a special Father’s Day conversation hosted by Terrence J. with panelists DJ Envy, Jeff Johnson, Flex Alexander and George Peters II.

Coming Soon

July 29, 2021

Episode 6: July 29 – She is Just Getting Started – A Conversation with H.E.R.

In just under five years, H.E.R. has proven herself to be a versatile R&B force to be reckoned with, earning 13 GRAMMY nominations and four wins, as well as an Academy Award for her powerful song “Fight For You” from the Warner Bros. Pictures’ film Judas and the Black Messiah.

MC Lyte will sit down with H.E.R. to discuss how she has been able to explode on the music scene and captivate audiences around the world with her unique style.

Coming Soon

Episode 6: July 29 - She is Just Getting Started - A Conversation with H.E.R.

In just under five years, H.E.R. has proven herself to be a versatile R&B force to be reckoned with, earning 13 GRAMMY nominations and four wins, as well as an Academy Award for her powerful song “Fight For You” from the Warner Bros. Pictures’ film Judas and the Black Messiah.

MC Lyte will sit down with H.E.R. to discuss how she has been able to explode on the music scene and captivate audiences around the world with her unique style.

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